Prince William isn’t a fan of space tourism

Prince William has referred to as for the world’s best minds to deal with fixing Earth fairly than discovering new planets to settle, and he is not intrigued by space tourism.

The inheritor to the British throne made these remarks throughout a 30-minute interview with the BBC’s Newscast program that aired on Thursday (Oct. 14), the day after Blue Origin launched “Star Trek” actor William Shatner and three different individuals to suborbital space. The prince, who’s a skilled helicopter pilot, additionally revealed that he wouldn’t take into account going to space himself. 

“I have been up to 65,000 feet (19,000 meters) once in a plane, and that was truly terrifying. That’s high enough,” William told the BBC’s Adam Flemming. “You don’t get weightless, but the sky is black above you and you can see the curve of the Earth.”

Video:  William Shatner gazes at Earth from space during Blue Origin’s launch
In photographs: William Shatner’s space launch with Blue Origin

The interview centered on the Earthshot Prize, a new award searching for groundbreaking concepts that may assist defend the setting amid the continued climate crisis

The Earthshot Prize, funded by the Royal Foundation, a charity of Prince William and his spouse Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has no smaller ambition than to change into the largest environmental prize in historical past, Prince William stated. The scale of the problem going through the planet requires the world’s brightest individuals to show Earthward for the sake of all the human species, the prince prompt. 

“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” he stated. “We have 10 years of critical time when we have to make inroads and find solutions, because past 2030, things will get rapidly worse.”

Despite the prince’s Earth-focused mindset, the Prize’s title is an apparent nod to the well-known moonshot, the concerted effort of the American space sector within the Sixties to land a man on the moon by 1970, which was instigated by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. 

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“The original genesis of [the Earthshot Prize] is to try and capture the ingenuity, the problem-solving and the ambition of the moonshot, based on JFK’s idea to get a man on the moon and all the technology and the advancements that came out of it,” Prince William stated within the interview. “We are trying to galvanize and push the solutions forward.” 

The Prize will announce its first set of winners on Monday (Oct. 17) in London, awarding £1 million ($1.37 million) to the most effective concepts in 5 classes centered on local weather, clear air, waste administration, defending nature and reviving oceans. 

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